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Computer and NMR Facilities
The department maintains a state of the art Computer Facility
two SGI Octane Computers, two SGI Indigo II computers and two HP 7200 -
Series Computers. The director of the facility oversees the installation
and maintenance of hardware and software and assists users with any inquiries
that they might have. Department members also use the central UIC computer
facility, which supports scientific somputing. Individual laboratories can
also gain direct access to higher performance computers at the National
Supercomputing Centers (NCSA)
Please see the computer
for more information, or contact Don
The NMR Facility
has six high-field NMR spectrometers, including
a three-channel Bruker DRX 500 and a Bruker DPX 400, each with field gradient
capabilities. These are maintained by the director of the NMR facility.
The facility also supports solid-state NMR experiments. In addition, campuswide
NMR resources include a four-channel 600 MHz Bruker DRX spectrometer.
Please see the NMR
or contact Dan McElheny
Shop Facilities and the UIC Research Resource Center
The Department of Chemistry runs a fully equipped Machine Shop
with skilled instrument makers. This staff builds research equipment that
is not commercially available.
The department also has an Electronics Shop
which can design digital
and analog equipment and work with students who wish to develop electronics
In addition, there is the Glass Shop
which can build non-commercially
available research glassware.
Please see the staff and faculty page
more information about the shops.
The university is continually modernizing the Research Resource Center
(RRC) in the building that houses the Department of Chemistry. Currently,
the RRC contains two electron microscopes, including an atomic resolution
JEOL 2010F FE scanning tunneling microscope, a Kratos MS50 mass spectrometer,
Kratos Concept mass spectrometer, Extrel GC-MS mass spectrometer, a Finnegan
LC-electrospray-MS-MS mass spectrometer, A Renishaw raman microscope/spectrometer,
and an Enraf Nonius CAD-4 diffractometer for determining small-molecule,
single-crystal X-ray structures.
For more information about the RRC, please visit the
Research Resources Center site
The university's Microfabrication Applications Laboratory
dedicated to providing integrated ciruit, fiber optic, and microfluidics
technology to numerous departments within UIC. MAL has equipment for photolithography,
thin film deposition and etching, sample characterization, dicing and lead
attachment, and computer aided design.
For more information about MAL, please see the Microfabrication
Applications Laboratory site
Major Research Equipment
The department maintains shared-use facilities equipped with FT-IR (Mattson),
UV-Vis-near IR (Cary 17 and OLIS-Cary 14), circular dichroism (Jasco 600),
and fluorescence (steady-state and time-dependent, SLM-Aminco) spectrometers.
A polarimeter Uasco) and a high-resolution Raman system including a microscope
(J-Y Raman) are also shared. Our biochemical facilities include a scintillation
counter, microbial and tissue culture facilities, incubators, three ultracentrifuges,
several standard centrifuges, darkroom facilities, and photochemical reactors.
The department also has a high-pressure laboratory.
Much of the department's equipment is localized in specialized laboratories
operated by individual research groups.
The Dynamic Light- Scattering Laboratory
has Ar ion and He-Ne lasers
and photon-counting instrumentation used for measuring translation diffusion
coefficients and for monitoring internal fluctuations of macromolecules.
The Surface Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratories
to carry out experiments in low-energy electron diffraction, scanning Auger
electron spectroscopy, monochromatic X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, dynamic
secondary ion mass spectrometry, two-laser ion-trap mass spectrometry, and
mass resolved thermal desorption. More specialized instruments include an
ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscope, surface infrared spectrometers,
an electrospray ion surface scattering apparatus, and a molecular ion beam
surface modification apparatus.
The Synthetic Inorganic and Bio-Inorganic Chemistry Laboratories
are equipped with radio-frequency generators, metal atom reactors, vacuum
lines, and glove boxes. Multiple Schlenk lines and Schlenk ware are available
for routine synthesis. The laboratories also have Hewlett Packard diode-array
and Shimadzu UV/Vis spectrometers, a BIO-RAD FT-1111 a Nonius CAD4 X-ray
diffractometer, a PAR electrochemistry system with a potentiostat/galvanostat,
a SP8800 ternary HPLC system, and a Waters Advanced Protein Purification
The Laboratory for the Investigation of Protein Structure and Function
has equipment for gene manipulation, DNA sequencing, and protein expression,
including a FPLC system. Absorption and fluorescence spectrometers with
stopped-flow capability, a computer- controlled pH stat instrument, a Langmuir
Blodgett surface film balance, and a tensiometer equipped with an epifluorescence
microscope are used to investigate protein function. A Silicon Graphics
workstation is used for modeling protein structures.
The Laser Laboratory
is equipped to perform spectroscopy, kinetics,
and gas phase dynamics experiments. The laboratory contains three molecular
beam machines, each equipped with time-of-flight mass spectrometers, two
excimer lasers, three YAG lasers, six dye lasers, and a vacuum UV monochromator.
The Fluorescence Microscopy Facility
features an anchored cell cytometer,
consisting of an inverted Nikon epifluorescence microscope interfaced to
a photomultiplier tube and a cooled CCD camera, allowing real-time measurement
of intracellular pH, oxidant production, thiol levels, and calcium ion concentrations.
The Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory
has a specially constructed
absorption CD-MCD, UV-visible-IR spectrometer with polarization modulation,
a molecular beam-based, two-photon apparatus with a YAG-pumped dye laser,
an FT-IR modified for circular dichroism and Zeeman experiments with a superconducting
magnet, and a multichannel Raman spectrometer -capable of measuring polarization
-modulated Raman optical activity.
The Nucleotide Structure Laboratory
is equipped to probe nucleotide
electronic properties in the gas phase and in solution. The laboratory contains
He I photoelec tron, condensed-phase photoionization, dual-scanning steady-state
fluorescence and fluorescence lifetime spectrometers, a DNA synthesizer,
a computer- controlled Waters 650 HPLC with array detection for nucleotide
isolation, and workstations linked to national supercomputer centers.